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Report: Arsenal prepared to open contract talks with ace who earns a modest £50k-p/w – Opinion

Arsenal are preparing to open contract talks with Mohamed Elneny following the rejuvenation of his career at the club, according to the Daily Mail.

The midfielder’s contract is up at the end of the current season, meaning he can leave the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer.

Elneny has become a crucial part of manager Mikel Arteta’s plans at the club following his return from a season-long loan spell at Besiktas last campaign.

The Egyptian has started tough away games against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, showing his importance to the Spanish coach.

However, it’s not just the fact he earns a starting place with the 28-year-old putting in mammoth displays in the middle of the park.

Against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, Elneny had the second-most touches and attempted the most passes, picking up the ball at any opportunity (via WhoScored).

He also recovered the ball five times and made three interceptions, forming a solid partnership with summer signing Thomas Partey.

His desire to close the ball down was exemplary as the chased down Luke Shaw in the dying embers at Old Trafford. He earnt plaudits from many fans, who heaped praise on him for his work rate at such a late stage of the enthralling encounter.

Whilst, Elneny may not be the most glamorous of players, he provides something many Arsenal players don’t, a sensational amount of energy and work-rate. It was two factors he was praised for by the former Manchester City coach, who also alluded to his lack of ego.

He is clearly a player who is adored by Arteta and rewarding him with a new contract is the least the club can do for a player that has cemented a starting place in the XI.

Arsenal fans, do you think Elneny should be a starter for the club? Let us know your thoughts!

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‘Welcome back’, ‘That’s class’ – A few Arsenal fans rejoice as £5.4m-rated ace makes quick return

Some Arsenal fans have been rejoicing after the club confirmed that David Luiz is fit for the clash against Molde tomorrow evening.

The Brazilian limped off during the defeat to Leicester City after suffering a strain to his thigh. He was initially ruled out for a ‘few weeks‘, however, has returned sooner to give Mikel Arteta a huge boost.

Arteta’s men were left short of options at the back during last Sunday’s victory against Manchester United with Rob Holding having been rushed back after just one training session.

It’s pretty unusual to see fans excited by Luiz after his disastrous performances for the Gunners last campaign.

Following his error-laden display away to Manchester City, the supporters took to social media to demand his sale. There was also outrage after it emerged the defender had signed a new one-year deal back in June.

But, fans have changed their tune over the £5.4m-rated star and were happy with his return to fitness.

Here are some tweets:

Arsenal fans, should Luiz start tomorrow evening? Let us know your thoughts!

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Arsenal: Club confirm return of David Luiz ahead of Molde clash

Arsenal have confirmed that David Luiz has returned to full training and is available for selection for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Molde.

The Brazilian centre-half, on £100k-p/w, has been out since he suffered a thigh injury in the second half of the 1-0 loss to Leicester City.

Having originally been ruled out for a ‘few weeks’, it seems the former Chelsea man has made a swift recovery.

The news surrounding Luiz’s return will be a welcome boost for manager Mikel Arteta, who had just three fit centre-backs for Sunday’s victory over Manchester United.

And with the 33-year-old returning to full fitness, the Gunners finally have one of their best passers of a ball back.

Out of Arsenal’s options at the back, Luiz has provided the club with a different option should the forwards fail to deliver. His long passes over the top of high lines have allowed the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to get in behind defences, making him an invaluable asset.

This was clearly evident in the clash versus the Foxes, where the £5.4m-rated ace played nine long passes with eight of them proving accurate.

The Brazil international has averaged the most long balls per game of any Arsenal defender, showing just how crucial he has been to the team this campaign.

Luiz may have proven to be a bit of a liability last season following a raft of mistakes. However, this year, with the side failing to create many chances he is proving a brilliant option, and his return to fitness is a welcome boost ahead of crucial games against Molde and Aston Villa.

Arsenal fans, do you think Luiz is the club’s best CB option? Let us know!

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Former Tottenham ace draws stunning conclusion after comparing Arteta and Pochettino – Opinion

Former Tottenham Hotspur man Darren Bent has made a sensational claim that Mikel Arteta is a better coach than former Lilywhites manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The comments come amid an upturn in fortunes for the Gunners, who have won back-to-back games following a defeat to Leicester City two weeks ago.

Arteta has enjoyed a stunning start to his managerial career, having already won a major trophy, despite having managed for just under a year.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Bent claimed that the Argentine shouldn’t be considered a world-class manager and that he isn’t better than the Spaniard or Brendan Rodgers.

He said: “When I look at elite managers that are out there: I look at [Jurgen] Klopp, [Pep] Guardiola and even [Carlo] Ancelotti.”

“I can’t put Pochettino into that bracket yet. I know he’s been at Spurs, but he didn’t win anything.

“But to elevate him all of a sudden because he got to a Champions League final and a League Cup final, that’s not world level management for me.”

“Look at [Mikel] Arteta at Arsenal, too. He’s a better coach than Pochettino as well. He’s not even been a manager for a year and look at what he’s done there.”

“He’s identified the players he’s got there and knows definitely they weren’t great defensively. He’s changed that all completely around.”

Whilst getting praise from a former player of the enemy is touching, it’s an incredibly far-fetched thing to claim.

It is true that trophies make you a successful manager, however, there’s more to management than just winning major honour.

You have to establish yourself at the club, set down some ground rules and your tactics, and most importantly, convince the players you’re the man to take them forward.

Pochettino enjoyed a stunning time at White Hart Lane, which saw them reach the pinnacle of club football, the Champions League final.

He transformed them from nobodies to Champions League regulars with a brand of football that was not only effective but good to watch, as hard as it is to admit.

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